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Teresa Pahl

Teresa V. Pahl

(415) 995-5079


Teresa represents clients in all phases and aspects of their businesses. Teresa’s experience includes matters involving general corporate law, securities law and real property law. Teresa works with early-stage start-up companies, as well as large established companies. She assists early stage clients with formation and financing, and also provides general business counsel and guidance. She handles mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, credit finance, and complex business matters for a large variety of businesses.

Her corporate and securities practice includes a range of public and private equity and debt financings. Teresa represents clients in connection with the preparation and filing of periodic SEC reports and proxy statements. She also assists clients, including directors and stockholders, with sale of securities, disclosure issues, corporate governance, fiduciary duties and stock exchange rule compliance. Transactions have included private and public offerings of equity and debt securities, venture capital funding and design of complex capital structures.

She represents both publicly-traded and private companies in a wide variety of industries and markets such as technology, consumer products, professional services, food and beverage, hospitality, and healthcare. Teresa represents mission-driven entrepreneurs and businesses, as well as impact investors. She also works with a large number of closely-held and family-owned businesses. She leverages her estate planning experience by advising clients on the establishment of family limited partnerships and limited liability companies to transfer business and other assets to the next generation without interruptions in the continuity of the business. She assists clients with succession planning and business transitions.

Teresa’s real property practice includes negotiation and preparation of real property leases, acquisition and sales transactions and complex real property finance matters.


J.D. University of San Francisco School of Law ( 1982 )
A.B. University of California, Berkeley ( 1979 )

Admissions and Courts



Corporate Governance Practice Leader
ESG & Sustainable Business Practice Group Leader
Business Disruption Strategies Practice Co-Leader
Finance Committee, Member

Benefit Company Bar Association

Global Social Venture Competition, Haas School of Business, Board of Advisors (2011-Present)

Global Social Venture Competition, Global Finals Judge (2012-2013)

Pacific Community Ventures, Board of Directors (2011-Present)

Presidio Graduate School, Board of Directors (2009-2013)

Social Venture Network Board of Directors (2013-Present)

SVN Innovation Awards, Judge (2009)

The Presidio School of Management, Advisory Council (2007-2009)

Lawyers' Club of San Francisco, Scholarship Foundation Trustee (1997-2002)

Lawyers' Club of San Francisco, Board of Governors (1994-2002)

National Association of Women Business Owners, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Legal, Counsel and Board Member (1994-2008), Secretary (2006) and Corporate Governance Committee Chair (2005)

NAWBO-SF Entrepreneurs Economic Institute, Director and Treasurer

Sustainability—Law Firm Clients Demand Clean Tech Practices,” San Francisco Attorney (Winter 2008)

Hanson partner snags document firm's stock deal,” The Recorder (June 2006)

Aragon Research, Women in Technology Award (2017)

San Francisco's Top-Rated Lawyers (2012)

Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition, Super Laywers Magazine (2008)

Northern California Super Lawyers (2006-2010)